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Dreaming of Sunshine: 5 Reasons to Book your Perfect Summer Holiday Now!

Kanika Hotels and Resorts, Travel Tips - November 28, 2019

When the sun hides behind the clouds and days end at 4pm, its’ more than natural that those horrid winter blues begin to kick in. And when you’re at home feeling snug under a blanket on the couch, there’s nothing more tempting than reaching for your tablet or laptop and looking at idyllic photos of dreamy beaches and sun-dappled landscapes in warmer climes.  And while it might all seem like a world away right now, booking your dream summer holiday in advance might be just the pick-me-up you need! We here at Kanika Hotels and Resorts have heard countless guests let on how much they enjoyed the anticipation of their summer holiday in Cyprus so let us inspire you with our three-step guide!

 

  1. Take advantage of early booking discounts & cheaper flights

We all know that the longer we take to book our holiday, the more expensive that flights usually become. And it’s a shame to waste valuable money that could have been spent during your vacations. But more than just cheaper flights, you can also make the most of early booking discounts while snapping up a special hotel deal. Here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts, we have made things easy for you with numerous special offers on our website, offering a 10% discount for summer 2020 bookings! Do hurry as the offers for most of the hotels end on January 31st 2020, including Alexander the Great Beach Hotel and Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa and Paphos. Special deals for the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol end on February 29th2020.

 

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  1. Build anticipation

So you’ve set the date and booked the tickets. And now, all the exciting anticipation can begin.  First things first, you can take a good look at all your hotel amenities online to get a good idea of what to expect. Feel like you need to focus on your wellbeing? Take a look at the dreamy treatments on offer at the Serenity Health Club & Spa in all of our hotels and take note of the ones you would most like to try. Those opting to stay at the couples-only Amavi are in for a treat at the Evera Spa & Wellness. Love good food?  Browse through the tantalizing dining options on offer to excite your taste buds. Want to just spend time lazing by the pool? Flick through photos of your lush hotel grounds and think about where you would love to sunbathe to cheer you up!

 

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More of a beach explorer? Take a look at the picture-perfect Cyprus beaches near your hotel that you can flop on. And what about your summer holiday wardrobe? Time to make a list of all the wonderful summer gear that you’ll need while basking in the Mediterranean sunshine!

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  1. Make a Cyprus bucket list

Not many travelers realize just how diverse Cyprus is. And summer holidays don’t need to start and end by the beach. After all, there are towering mountain peaks to discover, jaw-dropping vistas to take in, and fabulous stone-built villages where Cyprus traditions really come to life. All you need to do, is browse online to find the places that most appeal to you, as you fine-tune that summer holiday bucket list! There are some great website to help you along the way, including mycyprusinsider.com and heartcyprus.com.  Happy browsing!

 

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Enjoying the Ultimate New Year Detox Holiday in Cyprus

Travel Tips - November 21, 2019

The very moment that the New Year sets in, we all seem to have some sort of load alarm bells go off inside us. All of a sudden, it’s time to put an end to unhealthy habits, lose weight, become more mindful, exercise more and detox from all the naughty but nice treats that we have so enjoyed over the festive season! And there’s no denying that sticking to our ‘healthy life’ resolutions is not quite a walk in the park. But luckily, we at here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts on Cyprus’s stunning west coast, make things a little bit easier for you, offering far more than just a winter sunshine holiday to kickstart 2020. How so? Let us enlighten you…

 

  1. Vitamin Sea

Nothing beats leaving dull and gloomy weather behind for a bright holiday by the sea. But it doesn’t have to be hot summer swimming weather in order to reap the amazing health benefits of the deep blue. Countless guests who visit us in the winter often laze by the water’s edge under the winter sun and let on that they feel exceptionally revived and rejuvenated, but they often don’t know that there are scientific reasons behind this.

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Sea air is actually so very healthy because it’s enriched with salt, magnesium and iodine, all captured within tiny water droplets which get dispersed by the wind. And the good news is, that the winter offers even more health benefits than the summer, especially for anyone suffering from asthma or any other respiratory conditions or allergies, as the moisture in the air works wonders to improve the negative consequences of dry indoor air from central heating!

 

  1. Healthy, wholesome food

After this incredible breath of fresh air, the hunger pangs inevitably kick in. And no winter wellness holiday in Cyprus would be complete without just the right nutritious ingredients! With breakfast being one of the most important meals of the day, especially when you’re attempting to rid the body of nasty toxins, all our hotels offer healthy juices as part of the breakfast buffet, with a variety of fruits, cereals and Greek yoghurt on offer that you can top with healthy nuts and seeds. Superfoods like turmeric powder, goji berries, cinnamon powder and dry aloe vera are also a big hit with the health-conscious at breakfast time. Detox smoothies by the pool are an especially big hit at our Olympic Lagoon Resorts in Paphos and Agia Napa.

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Come lunchtime, you can top on pulses, healthy vegetables and fresh salads at most of our hotel buffets, while there are plenty of healthy vegan and vegetarian options to satiate your taste buds at all our restaurants come evening, even as part of our a la carte menus. And if you have a special dietary requirement, your needs will happily be catered for.

Those looking for the ultimate detox winter holiday experience with their other half, can enjoy extra special healthy treats with an Asian flair by Michelin starred chef Theodor Falser at the luxurious Amavi couples-only hotel. Favourites include the mixed greens superfood salad and crispy pan-seared salmon fillet. Fans of a healthy cup of tea, love the selection at the Elias Beach Hotel, especially fond of the calming chamomile and antioxidant green tea. And at the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, it’s the Vitality Corner that steals the show on the a la carte menus, including healthy food and beverages made from fresh and natural ingredients.

 

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  1. Wellness indulgences

While all our hotels offer the opportunity to luxuriate by sparkling outdoor swimming pools, guests arriving for a healthy winter holiday love to head straight to the hotel spas to enjoy a whole range of wellness treatments. The Serenity Health Club & Spa operates in all Kanika Hotels & Resorts (with the exception of the Amavi), offering guests heavenly holistic treatments to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, including luxurious massages, body wraps and brightening facial treatments. The Toning Tea Massage is ideal while you are detoxing, while the Vitamin C Face & Body Ritual will leave you glowing from head to toe. And for a purely indulgent treat, go for the 100% coconut oil massage, to leave you with glowing, hydrated and strong skin!

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At the Amavi, the Evera Spa is a delightful treat for the senses, with intimate side-by-side treatments available for couples. Here, the Lymphatic Drainage Massage aids detoxification, stimulating lymph flow, and encouraging the natural drainage of the lymph system. Hot stone massage reduces anxiety, while the Evera Spa Signature massage uses aromatic oils to address individual needs and help you achieve enhanced body and mind wellness.

 

  1. Fabulous fitness

Want to head back home looking your absolute best? All Kanika Hotels & Resorts boast fitness centres, including state of the art cardio and weight equipment. And no matter what hotel you’re based at, there are always plenty of fitness activities to keep you on your toes, including yoga, dancing, aqua aerobics and more!

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Once you release excess toxins with your favourite form of exercise, the sauna and steam room await, helping to further aid overall body detoxification and soothe nerve endings, while easing away any tension and joint pain, and relaxing your muscles.

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Habits to pick up on your next holiday

They say that “old habits” die hard. We believe that when our mind is clear and we are on holiday we can implement new habits more easily and keep them. We would like to share with you six positive habits that you can pick up the next time you go on holiday.

If you are visiting us, here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts you will find a lot of benefits and you will find it easier to keep your new habits.

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  1. Be in the moment

We start each week running around, going to work, visiting family, maybe taking the kids to school and facing every day challenges. A lot of the time we are not living in the moment; we are thinking of what will happen tomorrow or what happened yesterday. Experts estimate that our mind thinks between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2,500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour. That’s incredible. Some other experts estimate a smaller number, around 50,000 thoughts per day, which means it’s 2,100 thoughts per hour! That is just mind-blowing.

How on earth can we be present if we have 2,100 thoughts per hour? Well it all comes down to training our mind to be present, to live in the moment. It’s like driving; we get better at it with more practice. The mind is the same; it needs constant training. There is a great book on living in the moment that you can read; The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Sometimes when you talk with other people, don’t you feel that they are not present?  We all do it at some point. The reason why we are not present is because we are thinking about a future event or something that happened in the past and we are not in the moment. A lot of the time we are not actually listening to the other person, we are just waiting for them to finish talking so we can reply with what we think.

The next time you are on holiday practice enjoying the Mediterranean Sea, the beautiful sand, the blue sky, the hotel room you are in, there are literally a million things that you can focus on to be present. You will start living in the moment with your loved ones.

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  1. Reading

When we were children we used to read books because our teachers and parents told us that we need to read; it was a must. Once we got our degrees we started neglecting reading books because…well you know, we don’t have time. Well there are hundreds of proven studies which show that reading a printed book has a lot of benefits.

There is nothing like the smell of an old book or the crack of a new one’s spine.

Dr. Seuss once wrote “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading a good book opens up a whole world of knowledge starting from a very young age. Exposure to new vocabulary not only leads to higher scores on reading tests, but also higher scores on general tests of intelligence. Plus, stronger early reading skills may mean higher intelligence later in life. Here’s a tip: choose a traditional printed book, Kindles and iPads are cool but research suggests that reading on a screen can slow you down by as much as 20 to 30 percent.

Reading makes you more intelligent, more empathetic, it helps you fight Alzheimer’s disease, it helps you relax and reading can help you to achieve better sleep.

The next time you fly to Cyprus and visit one of our resorts, get a nice book from the airport bookstore and enjoy reading in the sun. Once you get into a habit of reading at least 30 minutes a day on your holiday you are more likely to keep reading when you get back home.

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  1. Exercise (walking or running)

Once you finish reading in the morning you can go for a walk. Here in Cyprus we have lovely beaches that you can enjoy. Outside Alexander The Great Hotel in Paphos there is an amazing side-road where you can walk for 30 minutes and enjoy the Mediterranean Breeze.

Running is one of the best butt-kicking, calorie-blasting workouts around. You can run anywhere. Whenever you choose to run on a treadmill, by the beach or in the street, it’s easy to get those miles in. When you run you can explore new places; on your holiday take your sneakers with you. You don’t need to think about pricey gym membership, you can start running with the right shoes.

If you pick up this new habit you will have a new excuse to eat more carbs; more spaghetti. During intense training you will need to increase your carb intake and it will help you boost your performance and boost your mood during hard runs.

You will live longer because runners have fewer disabilities and remain active longer than their sedentary counterparts.

You need a great app to keep track of your running, you can download an awesome app that tracks everything and keeps you motivated, it’s available on iOS and Android: Nike+ Run Club.

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  1. Be more you.

The world is shouting at us not to be ourselves, all the adverts are telling us how we should dress and how we should live our life. We spend so much of our emotional energy on worrying about what others think of us and we all try to be accepted by society.  Practice being more you; wear what makes you happy, what makes you feel comfortable, what you absolutely love.

When we are ourselves we have more energy, we love ourselves and people around us more. When we try to fit into this world, we are not us. We are not ourselves. While you are enjoying one of our cocktails you can think about the things you like about yourself and really appreciate the fact that you are alive, that you are here.

Being ourselves is the best thing we can all do. This is one of the best habits you can pick up on your next holiday. Come back fresh, a brand new you.

There is a lot of information that says that we need 21 days to form a new habit, which is not really true. Jeremy Dean, a psychologist and author explains that after he conducted some research it showed that some habits can take around 254 days to form and some 84 days. However, the 21 days research is probably right if all you want to do is drink a glass of water after breakfast. Anything harder is likely to take longer to become a really strong habit, and in, the case of some activities, much longer.

We believe if you want to pick up a habit, you need to try and commit to your new habit. Here at Kanika Hotels and Resorts we have everything you need to help you start your new habit.

There you have it, five habits that you can pick up the next time you go on holiday. If you are thinking of booking a holiday, you can choose any of our hotels and retreats here in Cyprus. In the meantime, we would like to read your comments on what habits would you like to pick up on your next holiday, write in the comment section below.

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